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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Dec. 3) – American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono is scheduled to deliver "congratulatory remarks" tomorrow during a gathering in Apia, Samoa, where controversial Korean evangelist Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon will deliver the key note address in a religious event on Sunday.

To be held at the Government Prayer House on Mt. Vaea, the service is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and the stop in Samoa is part of Reverend Moon's 100 cities in 67 countries in 100 days trip, which began September 12 in New York. Apia is the 83rd City of the 100 worldwide city tour.

Some news organizations have reported opposition from Christian church leaders to Moon visiting certain countries. For example, Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) said Christian church pastors in the Marshall Islands, where Moon visited yesterday, have criticized the reverend's organization.

Moon and his delegation is due on Monday in Vanuatu, where government officials have said Moon won't be able to use the government's airport VIP lounge or other government venues, said RNZI. He then travels to Fiji the following day.

[PIR editor’s note: The Vanuatu Daily Post yesterday reported that Moon canceled his visit to Vanuatu.]

At the Apia event, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is scheduled to deliver welcoming remarks with hymns for the service provided by the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Nofoalii choir.

Also traveling with Togiola is House Speaker Matagi M. McMoore and Senate President Lolo M. Moliga. Both Fono leaders received invitations for the event, which launches Moon's Universal Peace Federation (UPF).

The worldwide tour is expected to end before Christmas, according to the letter of invitation. UPF represents the beginning of a new stage in the development of the work of the Interreligious & International Federation for World Peace, which was founded by Moon, 86, and his wife Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. The letter of invitation also says that a network of Peace Councils is being set-up around the world, at the global, regional and national levels.

"We hope that you and many peace-loving Samoans will join us for this very historical occasion," said the letter of invitation.

Various religious leaders in Samoa, government officials and traditional leaders are scheduled to attend the service, which promotes world peace.

December 6, 2005

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